WESTMINSTER -- A 34-year-old father of three who owes almost $31,000 in back child support was extradited from Pennsylvania yesterday morning, bringing to a close the nine-month hunt for Carroll's most-wanted dad.
Thanks to several informants' leads, Stanley Howard Turner was arrested on a Carroll County fugitive warrant by police in Windsor Township, Pa., on Monday. Mr. Turner, whose ex-wife lives in Carroll with the couple's 12-year-old son and 11-year-old and 9-year-old daughters, was arrested at his girlfriend's home in the small York County community.
"He's been very cooperative," said Deputy Chuck Paulson, the sheriff's deputy that handles the bulk of Carroll's back child-support cases. "He just really wants to get this thing over with."
At $30,814, Mr. Turner's amount of unpaid, court-ordered child support is the most delinquent of Carroll's 2,480 support cases.
DTC The search for Mr. Turner began last October when he failed to appear for a contempt of court hearing. He originally was ordered to pay $105 a week to his ex-wife in October 1986, but, except for a two-month period last spring, he has failed to make any payments, court records show.
"We started looking for him, and it was like he didn't exist," Sheriff John H. Brown said yesterday. "We looked at phone records, gas and electric records, rental agreements, cars, credit cards -- everything, and nothing was in his name."
Several months ago, Deputy Paulson received tips that placed Mr. Turner in Red Lion, Pa., a town about five miles north of Windsor Township. A second set of tips led Deputy Paulson to Windsor, where Mr. Turner was living with his girlfriend and doing carpentry and construction work "under the table," the deputy said.
Mr. Turner arrived here -- handcuffed and in the company of Deputy Paulson -- shortly after noon yesterday. Wearing jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers, he looked toward the floor as he was fingerprinted, photographed and booked.
He was being held last night at the Carroll County Detention Center on $35,000 full bond. A bail review hearing is set for Monday.
While Carroll County hasn't resorted to the much-publicized roundups of child-support scofflaws conducted in Baltimore and Harford and Baltimore counties, more than 100 delinquent dads have been arrested since last August.
Since February alone, Deputy Paulson has made arrests in three other high-profile back child-support cases. Those three fathers -- one of them captured in Pennsylvania, one in Baltimore and the other in Florida -- owe a total of $43,000 in back support to their Carroll ex-wives.
All three have since entered into plea agreements with the state's attorney's office. The man captured in Florida is the only one of the three serving time in state prison, although the other two are subject to wage attachments and, should they fall further behind in their payments, would be subject to rearrest and some time behind bars.
"We're a one-man unit here, but we've been really successful," said Deputy Paulson, who, incidentally, is the one-man child-support unit in the sheriff's department. Court records show that for every $1 spent in tracking down the child-support evaders, the county recoups $6.80.